New HIV infections in Caribbean rise by 9%

first_imgThe Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is now warning that after a major reduction of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome worldwide (HIV/AIDS), the HIV infection in adults is on the rise.According to a UNAIDS report, “after years of steady decline, the Caribbean saw a nine per cent rise in annual new HIV infections among adults between 2010 and 2015”.UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibeThis is as a result of the medical drug for the disease not working as effectively as in the past.The report reveals that in some regions globally, the infection is currently on the rise.According to the report, since its introduction in 1997, there was a significant reduction – 40 per cent, in the disease. Most recently, however, analysis from the UNAIDS shows that the HIV infection in adults remains stagnant, failing to decline for at least five years now.The report says that HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up among the adult age group.The prevention gap report outlines that an estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every year for the past five years and new HIV infections among adults are increasing in some regions.While the numbers of new HIV infections are rising, the report reveals that donor funding to fight the infection has declined to its lowest level since 2010.According to the report, international donor contributions dropped from a peak of US$9.7 billion in 2013 to US$8.1 billion in 2015. “Low- and middle-income countries are stepping up to fill the gap, with domestic resources accounting for 57 per cent of the US$19.2 billion total funding in 2015.”The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, said the organisation was consequently sounding the alarm. “The power of prevention is not being realised. If there is resurgence in new HIV infections now, the epidemic will become impossible to control. The world needs to take urgent and immediate action to close the prevention gap,” he noted.The report also revealed what was needed to step up prevention efforts.UNAIDS is urging countries to take a more comprehensive approach to battle the disease.According to Sidibe, science, innovation and research have provided new and effective HIV prevention options. “Investing in innovation is the only way to secure the next big breakthrough – a cure or a vaccine.”The report highlights that the major hopes for antiretroviral therapy to have an impact on preventing new HIV infections are starting to be realised, although the full benefits may not be seen for some years.The data in the report, collected from more than 160 countries, illustrated that enormous gains can be achieved when concerted efforts are made. It outlines that by 2015 some 17 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy, double the number in 2010 and 22 times the number in 2000. UNAIDS will be calling on implementers, innovators, communities, scientists, donors and others at the 2016 International AIDS Conference, July 18-22, in Durban, South Africa, to close the prevention gap.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Two-week halibut closure begins Friday

first_imgThe first of four sport Pacific halibut seasons off of California will have already come to a close at the start of the week of June 15. So far, the halibut fishing has been spectacular out of Eureka and Trinidad. The North Coast has always been known for its salmon, but it’s quickly becoming a halibut mecca as well. The first season, which opened on May 1, saw plenty of sport and charter boats alike haul in their limit of one fish per angler. It’s not uncommon to go out and catch a few, but …last_img read more

Microsoft Offers Two Database Previews: SQL Server & SQL Azure

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Microsoft has released a preview of two database products: the next SQL Server as well as a free trial of SQL Azure. The first is a chance to get your hands on pre-release code for the company’s flagship offering in the database space; SQL Server 2008 R2 is the formal name for the newest iteration of the platform. SQL Azure is probably something more unfamiliar. It’s a relational database built on its Azure platform for the cloud. SQL Server 2008 R2This is the Community Technology Preview for SQL Server 2008 and so isn’t really intended for updating production environments. New features to explore in this iteration include a new version of the reporting software and a renewed focus on multi-server management. The Report Builder 3.0 is a self-service reporting tool, and Microsoft is now touting its ability to handle “geospatial visualization” – doublespeak for maps. To attempt to speed up multi-server management, Microsoft added a new database administration wizard.SQL AzureSQL Azure is a relational cloud database along the lines of Amazon’s SimpleDB (when it comes to the business model). In other words, it’s keyed towards providing pay-as-you-go scalability at a minimal infrastructure cost. This trial is a key development for the Azure platform. The free trial lasts until November, after which it’ll cost $9.99/month for 1GB, or $99.99 for 10GB. It’s a safe bet that there will be plenty of developers, at least those working with ASP.NET and PHP, sufficiently hooked as to except Microsoft lock-in, which is the point to begin with. steven wallingcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into Walls

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Builders have worried about wintertime vapor diffusion ever since 1938, when Tyler Stewart Rogers published an influential article on condensation in the Architectural Record. Rogers’ article, “Preventing Condensation in Insulated Structures,” included this advice: “A vapor barrier undoubtedly should be employed on the warm side of any insulation as the first step in minimizing condensation.”Rogers’ recommendation, which was eventually incorporated into most model building codes, was established dogma for over 40 years. Eventually, though, building scientists discovered that interior vapor barriers were causing more problems than they were solving.Interior vapor barriers are rarely necessary, since wintertime vapor diffusion rarely leads to problems in walls or ceilings. A different phenomenon — summertime vapor diffusion — turns out to be a far more serious matter.During the 1990s, summertime vapor diffusion began to wreak havoc with hundreds of North American homes. This epidemic in rotting walls was brought on by two changes in building practice: The first was the widespread adoption of air conditioning, while the second was one unleashed by Rogers himself: the use of interior polyethylene vapor barriers.Rogers conceived of interior vapor barriers as a defense against the diffusion of water vapor from the interior of a home into cold wall cavities. Rogers failed to foresee that these vapor barriers would eventually be cooled by air conditioning — thereby turning into condensing surfaces that began dripping water into walls during the summer.As with many scientific discoveries, it took a series of disasters to fully illuminate the phenomenon of summertime vapor diffusion.One early victim of this type of diffusion was Cincinnati builder Zaring Homes. In the mid-1990s, Zaring Homes was a thriving mid-size builder that completed over 1,500 new homes a year. But the company’s expansion plans came to a screeching halt in 1999 when dozens of its new homes developed… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Utpal Parrikar hits out at former Goa RSS chief for questioning his political credentials

first_imgUtpal Parrikar, the elder son of late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday criticised former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar for questioning his political credentials and for “criticising Parrikar for the sake of publicity in the national media”. Mr. Utpal, now working for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, said that while he and his younger sibling had stayed away from politics when their father was alive, he always considered BJP party workers as part of his family and he would accept any responsibility the party offers him in the future. “When one Parrikar is there, others had to stay and help in the background, and that was what we were doing,” he told the press at the BJP headquarters here. “Only my work will decide what kind of material I am made of. My people of Panaji might decide what kind of material I am. People of Goa will decide what kind of material I am,” Mr. Parrikar said.Considered political mentor of late Parrikar, Mr. Velingkar, chief of Goa Suraksha Manch, was sacked as Goa RSS chief after he had fallen out with Mr. Parrikar over the continuation of grants to English medium primary schools Parrikar’s government in 2012. Since then, he was a critic of Parrikar and his government.Mr. Utpal said that criticising his father often fetched his detractors space in the national media.”I do not believe in virtue-signalling to Goans through TV. It is called ‘click bait’ news. You click a news item on YouTube, then you appear on TV, then on newspapers by abusing Mr. Parrikar. He was a national leader, so the criticism appears in national news,” Mr. Utpal said without naming Mr. Velingkar. Responding to criticism to his political entry as the foisting of “family raj” by the Opposition Congress, Mr. Utpal reiterated that he and his brother Abhijat deliberately kept away from politics until their father was alive.Mr. Utpal is presently the front-runner to contest the Panaji seat for the upcoming bypolls on May 19, the seat which fell vacant following the death of his father on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar represented the Panaji constituency from 1994 till his death with a break from 2014- 2017 when he was inducted as Defence Minister, only to come back and form a coalition government in Goa after the 2017 State Assembly election and having won the Panaji seat yet again in a by-election.last_img read more

Fighting MLAs: BJP forms probe panel

first_imgTaking a serious note of the ongoing public spat between its two MLAs from Haridwar in Uttarakhand, the BJP on Friday set up a committee to look into the issue. Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt constituted a three-member committee to probe the continuing war of words between Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion and Jhabreda legislator Desraj Karnawal, State party media head Devendra Bhasin said. The panel has been asked to submit its report to the party at the earliest so as to take further action in the matter, he said. Mr. Bhasin said the committee will be headed by party general secretary and MLA Khajan Das and senior party leaders Vishwas Dabur and Kuldeep Kumar will be its members. The two MLAs have been casting aspersions on each other in public for over a fortnight prompting Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to intervene last week. The duo was summoned by the Chief Minister to his residence last week and made it up with each other on Mr. Rawat’s advice but the truce proved temporary as they resumed their fight only a few days later. Wrestling challengeThe trouble began after Mr. Karnawal cast doubts on Mr. Champion’s educational qualifications and his sports credentials. Mr. Champion hit back by challenging Mr. Karnawal to a wrestling bout at a stadium in Roorkee.last_img read more